Dana's post about butterflies inspired me to share some nature meself. I recently attended the launch party of Bird Fellow, and I must recommend it to anyone who has an interest in birds. The website is described as "birding services, social networking, and habitat conservation", and presents as a way to identify birds and share your experiences with people around the world. The most impressive part, perhaps, isn't even the photos, which are amazing by themselves.
Ahem. Right. Moving along.
The website is co-founded by David Irons, a man known widely in the birding community as a foremost expert in North American bird species, and considered simply the best birder in the state of Oregon if not the Pacific Northwest by many who share the past time.
But enough about the factoids, let's look at some more birds.
Guys, this thing here ^ is called a Loon. Ha. Crazy loo-oh god why are its eyes red?! I think it just peered into my soul. And, finding nothing of interest, resumes preening.
This bird is apparently an "Old World Sparrow". It looks rather Old World-y, doesn't it? Like it would be perfectly at home with a monocle talking about the good ol' days.
Anyway, it's pretty cool, and a great resource to meet people in the birding community or to identify what kind of bird you saw in your backyard.
(All photos taken directly from the birdfellow site, (c) www.birdfellow.com and the appropriate photographers)